It’s all about “creative new ideas for teachers and students”, but no one has any idea what exactly Apple will be focusing on.
All will be revealed on March 27 in Chicago, however, and in the meantime we will have to make do with the only hint we have been given: “let’s take a field trip” written on the invite [above].
So seeing as Apple won’t give us any further clues, we decided to check out what it is The Verge thinks could happen during Tuesday’s event:
This seems like the most obvious bet, given Apple already pushes the iPad hard as an education device, especially as a classroom tool. A new, cheaper iPad that cuts out some of the more premium features on the iPad Pro in favor [sic] of a lower price point (maybe adds a “smart connector” for hooking up a keyboard case) could be great for students.
First reported by 9to5Mac by Apple firmware hunter Guilherme Rambo, Apple apparently leaked the existence of a new “ClassKit” framework in one of the iOS 11.3 betas. According to Rambo, ClassKit will give developers new options for creating educational apps, including the ability to distribute quizzes and tests through iPads to students and have answers reported directly to the teacher. Given the education focus of the event, ClassKit seems almost guaranteed to show up here.
New MacBook and MacBook Air
There are conflicting rumors about what Apple may be planning — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will release a cheaper version of the existing budget 13.3-inch MacBook Air (which the company hasn’t updated specs on in years, down to the ancient 1,440 x 900 resolution display). Also, Digitimes claims that Apple has a new entry 13-inch MacBook model planned that will feature the same Retina display as the existing 13.3-inch MacBook Pro.
New Apple Pencil
The event invitation [above] looks an awful lot like an Apple Pencil drawing, and there’s a chance that Apple could have a cheaper version of the Pencil planned to pair with those rumored new iPad(s).
Sure, while everything you see above is an updated version of this or new version of that, if there’s one thing we know about Apple events it’s that, well, it’s incredibly hard to predict what will go down as the company is full of surprises.
And another thing we know is that Apple cares about education.
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In the meantime, we wait with bated breath for Tuesday’s event.
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